A couple of days ago, I happened to read this report from LifeSite News on Sean Hannity’s little meltdown when he was confronted with the truth that indeed he was being a hypocrite in claiming to be a Catholic while endorsing contraception.
I also happened to see the YouTube clip of the video before it was yanked because FOX News likely blew some legal hot air about owning the rights to the interview.
I was simply amazed at how quickly Sean Hannity began to employ the typical liberal tactics in diversion. Here is the text of my letter to both Sean Hannity and Fr. Tom Euteneuer, who, incidentally, I was corresponding with only a few days before the interview. HLI was good enough to allow me to use one of their 10 minute videos for my upcoming little venture, SoCon TV.
I am a big supporter of FOX News. I live in Canada so you can understand why FOX News and conservative commentators such as yourself are like manna from heaven to us Canucks who so desperately need another viewpoint. After all, there is only so much state-sponsored propaganda we can try to ignore.
A few days ago, I happened to come across this report from LifeSite News http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/mar/07031302.html
which described your interview with Fr. Tom Euteneuer. I was also able to see the interview on YouTube before it was yanked.
Frankly, Sean, I was appalled. I was appalled at your blatant disregard for the perennial Catholic teaching on the transmission of human life, but I was even more appalled at your descent into liberal tactics in trying to defend your position.
Here are 8 observations for you to prayerfully consider:
1. Catechism of the Catholic Church - Just so that we are clear, Sean, and to clear up any misunderstanding that you may have. The official teaching of the Church is thus:
2370 … “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil…2399 The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).
Furthermore, Sean, this has been the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church since Our Lord walked this earth and indeed throughout all of Judeo-Christian history, right back to Onan and the book of Genesis. In fact, until 1930 all Christians – Catholic or not – had condemned contraception in the strongest language.
You cannot “opt out” of this teaching any more than you can “opt out” of a whole host of moral teachings that the Church witnesses to. These are not the Church’s rules and regulations but derive from both the natural and divine laws. You can no more opt out of this moral law than you could do so with abortion. The Church looks at both acts as heinous crimes against human life. Ergo, you cannot call yourself a Catholic and engage or promote contraception. Period.
2. Personal life - “Reverend. Let me, let me just say… You call me a hypocrite. You question the depth of my faith. Do you know anything about me and my religious beliefs? And my background religion? do you know anything about me?”
Who cares? Knowing the most intimate details of your background, however impressive, does not affect the morality of contraception one little holy jot, Sean. If you are Catholic, your situation is scandalous and you are causing public scandal. If you are not, then you are simply in error and ignorant of the truth about the morality surrounding the transmission of human life. Knowing an abortionist’s background or religious beliefs affects the morality of abortion exactly how, Sean? Likewise with you and contraception.
3. Sex Abuse - “Maybe you ought to spend a little more time that our Church covered up one of the worst sex scandals and I wasn’t involved in it. And the fact that public people after that are willing to still be Catholic is something you should be applauding. Considering the levels of corruption at the highest levels of the Church was frankly embarrassing to every person.”
Oh Please. This rebuttal is below contempt.
First of all, we are not arguing about the sex scandals in the Church, Sean. We are talking about contraception and your incompatible view of it with Catholic teaching which you are supposed to submit to. Stick to the issue and stop trying to worm out of it. You’re supposed to be a conservative who takes his hits like a man, not a liberal snake, trying to wiggle himself out of the issue at hand.
Secondly, the Church does not condone sex abuse or the bad management by negligent bishops, Sean. The Church does not teach that this was a good thing, does it? Of course not. And that is what we are really talking about here, Sean: THE TEACHING. Weak men and women come and go. We do not judge a Church by its fallen members but by the veracity and purity of its teaching. That’s the bottom line.
By diverting the issue and concentrating on the conduct of sinful members instead of the substance of the teaching is something you would hear from a silly liberal who is pandering to the popular dementia of his audience. I would not expect to see this spectacle from a respectable conservative commentator like you. Very disappointing and beneath your talent and integrity, Sean.
3. Latin / Seminary Days - “Do you know that I went to a seminary? Do you know that I studied Latin? Do you know that I studied theology?
That’s great, Sean. Is the Catholic Church to reverse its position on contraception because you know some Latin or spent some time in the seminary? I know some Popes who spent some time in the Seminary too. And their Latin is somewhat good as well. Pope Benedict is said to be an above average theologian. But, of course, I doubt even he knew that you studied theology.
4. “Contraception leads to less abortion” - Sean, you need to do some research on this score. Contraception does not decrease abortion but increases it. The stats bear this out amply.
“No to life” within the sexual act does not miraculously become “yes to life” when a woman conceives a child. The “No” within the sexual act simply continues to its logical conclusion in many cases which is, of course, abortion. Without contraception, there is less illicit sex. With less illicit sex, there is less abortion. Common sense, Sean.
7. Denying Communion - “Wait, would you deny me communion?” Fr. Euteneuer replied, “I would.” Hannity, visibly moved, replied, “Wow, wow.”
Why are you surprised here? This is what is supposed to happen, Sean. You are not in Communion with the Church. Ergo, you should not be participating in a public and liturgical act which says that you are. That’s what we call “hypocrisy”.
8. Repent it’s Lent.
I hope you come to your senses, Sean, and stop this “pick and choose” style religion that you practice. Fr. Tom did you a big favour in pointing out your scandal. For the good of your own immortal soul, take his advice and dump the rubbers.
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